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Asian Games 2018 Day 1 India LIVE Updates and News: Bajrang Punia wins Gold

Asian Games 2018 Day 1 India LIVE Updates and News: Bajrang Punia wins Gold

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Published: 19 Aug 2018 1:11 AM GMT
Please refresh to read updates: Wrestling: https://twitter.com/TheBridge_IN/status/1031179690348896256 Swimming: https://twitter.com/TheBridge_IN/status/1031162383471988736 India finally swimmers in Asiad FINALS. Not 1 but 2. Srihari Natraj just finished his event. He finished 7th with a timing of 56.19 seconds. Sajan Prakash is the first swimmer in 32 years to reach the finals of 200mt butterfly.
  • Unstoppable Bajrang Punia reaches the FINALS of the 65kg category. He won 10-0. Pure class.
  • After Adam Batirov loses out in the quarterfinals, hopes of Sushil Kumar making a comeback at the Asiad is over as there is no chance of a repechage
  • Bajrang Punia is back with a bang again and looks raring to go. A 12-2 win over Tajikistan's Abdulqosim in quaterfinal to reach the semifinal
Sandeep Tomar loses 9-15 in the 57kg wrestling quarterfinal to Iran's Reza Atrinagharch. He might still be in for a repechage depending on how far his competitior might go. Bajrang Punia, Mausam Khatri and Pawan Saroha yet to play and see this through until we can be done with wrestling action for the day.
Badminton: India cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win against Maldives in the Asian Games Badminton men's team first round match today. India will meet host Indonesia in the quarterfinals tomorrow.
  • Bajrang defeated 22 year old Uzbekistan's Sirojiddin Khasanov 13-3
  • Bajrang is through to the quarterfinals winning his bout 13-3
  • A failed challenge from Uzbekistan and Bajrang gets another point. 9-3 ahead now Bajrang is. And now he's 11-3
  • Amazing comeback from Bajrang. Started out being 0-3 down and he now has gone up to leading 6-3
Bajrang Punia is on the mat now in the 1/8th round of the 65kg category. A major medal contender for sure.
Tennis: Mixed Doubles are in contention today and India's Karman Kaur Thandi and Divij Sharan will be teaming up for their first match late today. You can read our preview

  • In a neck-to-neck fight Sandeep Tomar wins the round 1/8 by 12-8 in Men's 57kg Freestyle against Rustem Nazarov of Turkmenistan., moves to quarters.
  • The stalwart did not have the best of days as he proved to be too weak for his opponent Olympian Adam Batirov.
BIG, BIG upset as Sushil Kumar loses out in the round of 32 match.
  • Ravi Kumar is no stranger to medals at Asiads. In 2014, he bagged a Bronze. It;s a pleasant return for Apurvi Chandela whose last World Cup medal came back in 2015. Clearly, the experience between the two has turned out to be a super combination
Rowing: In case you missed it, here is the summary for the day so far in Rowing. Men's Single Sculls Heats | Dattu Baban Bhokanal finishes 2nd in Heat 1 clocking 8:09.21 and will play repechage next on Tuesday. He finished 12 seconds behind the top rower in his heat(overall 4th) Men's Double Sculls Heats | Om Prakash/Swaran Singh finishes 1st in Heat 2 clocking 7:10.26 and qualified for final(overall 2nd) Women's Double Sculls Heats | Sayali Rajendra/Pooja finishes 6th in Heat 1 clocking 8:50.48 and qualified for final(overall 6th) Men's Pair Heats | Malkeet singh/Gurinder Singh finishes 3rd in Heat 1 clocking 7:37.20 and qualified for final(overall 3rd) Women's Pair Heats | Sunjukta dung/Harpreet Kaur finishes 5th in Heat 1 clocking 9:02.88 and will play repechage next(overall 9th) Men's lightweight Four Heats | India(Bhopal singh,Jagvir singh,Tejas shindey,Ganesh naukarkar) finishes 2nd in heat 2 clocking 7:01.20 and will play repechage(overall 4th)
Shooting: Abhisek Verma and Manu Bhaker finish 6th in qualification with score 759 and miss the final in the 10m air pistol mixed team. Top 5 only qualify.
Basketball: India lose out to Chinese Taipei 84-61 in the Basketball Qualifying match. Up until half time, the scorelines were close but there was only one instance where the Indian team was actually leading in the match. Utterly outclassed by Taipei. Raspreet Sidhu bagged 12 points in the match and had a good run.
Kabaddi In case you missed the blazing performance of the Indian women's team, catch the report here.
  • India's Sajan Prakash qualifies for the Men's 200m Butterfly final with the third best time (1:58.12) overall in the heats.
  • Men's Double Sculls Heats | Om Prakash/Swaran Singh finished 1st in Heat 2 clocking 7:10:26 and qualified for final.
  • Men's Single Sculls Heats | Olympian Dattu Baban Bhokanal finishes 2nd in Heat 1 clocking 8:09.21. He will now compete in the repechage heat next (he has not qualified for the final yet)

Basketball: Quite a topsy-turvy game going on in Women's Basketball. India is laying Chinese Taipei and there is no one single team who is dominating the game. 3 minutes left in the first quarter, Taipei leads 14-10
Wushu: Men's Changquan Final: India's Anjul Namdev finishes 5th with a score 9.66 while compatriot Suraj Singh Mayanglambam ends at 10th with 9.51. Shooting: 10mt Air Rifle Mixed Team: Ravi kumar/Apurvi chandela scored 835.3 in the qualification and qualified for final after finishing 2nd.
Kabaddi: Indian women's kabaddi team starts campaign with a dominant 43-12 win over Japan in Group A Game 1 despite having some troubles initally while facing the Japanese defence.






  • The Indian Women's Kabaddi Team are kicking off their campaign against Japan today. Two consecutive GOLDS for this team in the previous two editions of the Asian Games. A strong start for India as they lead 7-5 but Japan bouncing back with some strong defending.

  • Seema Tomar finishes with a score of 24/25. She shares the lead after 15 out of the 25 shooters have shot the first round
Women's Trap: Seema Tomar scored 16 points in her first shot while Shreyasi Singh scored 19.


Here is how the order will go for Shooting qualifications: Women's Trap Qualification Round
- Seema Tomar and Shreyasi Singh Men's Trap Qualification- Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Lakshay. Mixed Team Event 10m Air Rifle: Manu Bhaker / Abhishek verma Mixed Team 10mt Air Pistol: Ravi Verma/Apurvi Chandela
A jam packed schedule for team India with some glaring medal chances right from the onset in Day 1 at the 2018 Asian Games ongoing in Jakarta. The 10m rifle and pistol shooters, wrestlers like Sushil Kumar and Bajrang Punia, Sajan Prakash and an exciting Srihari Natraj in Swimming- all of these people will be vying for medals later on in the day. India's start in the Asian Games so far has not been ideal with the Handball and the Basketball teams losing out in their early qualifying round matches. One can hope to redeem that from today after a fantastic opening ceremony as the medal events finally begin. After a spelindidly brave performance in the Vitality Hockey World Cup, the Indian Women's Team do emerge as one of the top contenders for the ultimate medal and podium finish. They will be kicking off their campaign as well today with an opening match against Indonesia. The Men's Badminton team which has no dearth of top Indian players will be starting off at the Asian Games against Maldives. This can only get tougher as days go by because the Asian Games includes countries which are the powerhouses of World Badminton. Also of interest in the bout of the Men's Kabaddi team later on today. Historically speaking, India has won every single Gold medal in the sport since it was started at the Asian Games- both Men and Women. Selection processes hit a snag earlier on after former players expressed dissatisfaction on the lack of transparency. We hope the unwanted attention has done little to deter the Indians from their quest to win Gold. Here is the schedule of the medal events and team matches:
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